Discover the beautiful state of Rheinland-Pfalz!
Stunning abundance of nature, cultural highlights & enjoyment of life
Rheinland-Pfalz is not only a great place to live in but also offers countless breathtaking travel destinations nearby you should consider exploring with the family. The region is well-known for its forests, its wine-growing regions, its historic cities, its magnificent castles, and all around beautiful countryside.
No matter if culture or nature travel, sightseeing in one of the many fascinating cities, marveling at UNESCO sites, enjoying the calming picturesque landscape, visiting the infamous Wurstmarkt, lovely Christmas markets, or extraordinary parades during the crazy carnival season. Rheinland-Pfalz is a highly attractive and popular travel destination in the heart of Europe at any time of the year!
Are you rather the active type when it comes to planning your leisure time?
No problem! Here, you will find plenty of insider tips where you can pursue your favorite leisure time activities like cycling, hiking, swimming or ice-skating.
Have fun checking out your options!
A girl’s best friend
Diamonds stand for immeasurable wealth, imperishable beauty, and material harshness - Marilyn Monroe sang of their appeal in her song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.“ More than one hundred years ago the Ohmbachtal near Kusel in the Pfalz was home to a growing diamond-cutting industry. Today, a small museum preserves this history in a lively and impressive way. The museum shows, with the help of devices and demonstrations, how to work with the precious raw material.
A habitat with its own rules
It is amazing how the flora and fauna unfold without human interference. Originally designed as a fish pond, the lake Pfälzerwoog has developed uninhibited for many years. The result is a unique wetland biotope in the eponymous nature reserve Pfälzerwoog. Today, rare plants such as sundew or cranberry thrive there, and frogs, amphibians, and dragonflies frolic on the moor. The trail begins at the amusement park Birkenfeld in Ludwigswinkel.
A legendary jump
Rising a tall seventy meters high, the sandstone formation Jungfernsprung sits high above the health resort Dahn. Legend has it that a beleaguered maiden, fleeing from a Hallodri, plunged into the depths and survived the jump. Today, the rock formation is not only a landmark of the city, but a popular climbing and excursion destination: pause at the summit cross and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mighty castles Alt-Dahn, Grafendahn and Tanstein as well as the fabulously beautiful landscape of the south western Palatinate. Please do not imitate the maiden.
Animals in the wild
The frog, toad, and lurch all live in harmony out in the “real wild” at the Wildpark Betzenberg near Kaiserslautern. European bison and wild horses live together in the wild park community that spans over 25 hectares, undisturbed under the foliage of the magnificent trees. The freely accessible facility not only offers fascinating moments of animal watching, but it also contributes valuably to the conservation of the species. Don’t forget your binoculars!
Phone (06 31) 3 65 23 17
Open Tuesday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
Art at the post?
The cultural center “Old Post Office” (“Alte Post”) is characterized by impressive architecture—after an extensive restoration, this building originally built in 1893 shines in a new splendor.
The forum hosts a permanent exhibition with works of the romantic painter Heinrich Bürkel and, with the Hugo-Ball-Kabinett, exhibits a permanent exhibition on the founder of the art style Dada. Check the website for temporary exhibits.
In the old town hall the exhibition “Wald, Schloss, Schuh – die Geschichte der Siebenhügelstadt” reflects on the city Pirmasens’ changing shoe history. You can marvel at about 30 historic shoes. A shoemaker’s workplace shows the working conditions of a typical “Bermesenser Schlabbefigger” (shoemaker from Pirmasens). The children’s carousel from the company Salamander, decorated with Lurchi and friends, is naturally not missing. The advertising movie released by the company Rheinberger in the 60's is fun to watch because it gives a very good impression of the past time.
Awesome panoramic view
The Humbergturm (Humberg Tower) is considered the quiet landmark of Kaiserslautern. This historic Bismarck tower sits on the Großer Humberg Mountain and is as much a known part of the city as the town hall or the Betzenberg Mountain. You can hike to the tower either directly from the center or along intricate paths of the hiking trails around Kaiserslautern - the guided "summer tours" are especially popular. A magnificent panoramic view over Kaiserslautern is well worth the climb.
Baroque architecture for the nobility
Between 1735 and 1775 the former duke residence in Zweibrücken was in its period of glory under Duke Christian IV. Once, famous artists shook hands with the court. Nowadays the palatine Higher Regional Court and the Attorney General’s office Zweibrücken are situated in the building. As it is not far from the heart of the shopping district, a small detour to the castle and its pretty gardens is definitely worth your time.
Phone (0 63 32) 80 50
Photo: Harald Kröher
Bernkastel-Kues is considered to be one of the favorite excursions on the Mosel Valley. Every year, visitors from all over the world come to the ‘International Town of Wine’ to relax and rewind. Situated on both sides of the Mosel, Bernkastel is surrounded by its famous slate covered vineyards, known worldwide to produce some of the best wines. Overlooking Bernkastel are the ruins of Landshut Castle. The narrow alleyways invite one to stroll through its rich history, closely associated with pleasure and viticulture for more than 2000 years. Stroll through the beautiful square with its proud half-timbered buildings which cannot be found elsewhere on the Mosel.
Windsborn Crater Lake is the only real crater lake north of the Alps. A quiet, circular lake surrounded by forest and overshadowed by the bizarre slag rings of Mosenberg, it has been dominate for 24000 years. Take time to linger around one of the footbridges and take in the beauty of the area. Situated next to Windsborn is the swampy inaccessible Hinkelsmaar. A massive lava explosion formed Mosenberg massif into the Kyll Valley. Horngraben (trenches) is particularly wild and rugged, covered with countless craggy basalt boulders.
The town of Binsfeld borders at south and south-east directly on Spangdahlem Air Base. Binsfeld was first mentioned in the year of 844, thus, looks back on 1167 years of history. Binsfeld was at that time owned by the prince elector of Trier and, until the end of the 17th century, an important postal station between Brussels and Vienna. Between 1900 and 1965 the town was connected to the German railway system and connected Binsfeld with the town of Philippsheim. Proving this is the restored narrow gage engine, now serving as a monument of that time. It is displayed close to the Binsfeld traffic circle.
The biosphere in the Rhineland-Palatine Fischbach is a nature experience center that appeals to all five senses. An interactive multimedia-exhibition presents important knowledge on the importance of the biosphere reservoir and its ecological cycles. The environmental values and playful approach thereof are visible in all areas of the exhibition. An exceptional highlight proves to be Germany’s first treetop path 114 feet above ground level. You can spend the night at the house or grab a bite in the café.
Bird’s eye view
Shining high up on the Donnersberg Mountain is the Adlerbogen (Eagle Arch). It stretches over the eastern flank of the mountain. At 687 meters tall it’s the highest peak in the Palatinate. The Palantine monument, crowned by a steely eagle, is an iron testimony of a long-gone war and a magnet for hikers and daredevils. The sheer height coupled with the view through the arch is absolutely breathtaking.
Bitburg: The beer town in the Eifel
Bitburg’s beginnings were very humble. Nearly two thousand years ago, a Heerstrasse (a Roman Military Road that went from Lyon, France, then to Metz, Trier on to Köln) came into being. On their way from Trier to Köln the Roman Army was able to march approximately thirty kilometres in a day. As a result, Bitburg served as their first resting station and thus, became a small Roman fortress. As the Roman Empire expanded, the fortress flourished into a centre of handcrafts and trade.
Throughout its history, Bitburg has often been a casualty of war and suffered horrendously with the most horrible event occurring on Christmas Eve in 1944. Artillery shelling and bombing raids from the Allies destroyed nearly 90% of the town. It was concluded in German military reports that Bitburg was a "tote Stadt", a dead city. Despite all of this, the citizens of Bitburg have ceaselessly proven their fortitude and gallantry and have continually managed to re-establish and restore their city. These reasons account for the development of the modern Bitburg.
"Haus Beda" is located at the "Beda" parking lot between the County Community Bank and the "Volksbank". It was founded in 1976 by Dr. Hanns Simon, who was a senior partner of the Bitburg Brewery. Haus Beda is Bitburg`s beautiful Cultural Center with a picture gallery of Fritz von Wille, a very famous German painter. Worthwhile visiting is the banqueting hall, where concerts and other exclusive events take place. Also part of the "Beda Foundation" is a well assorted library with over 50.000 pieces of literature.
Bitburg has always had a military presence all through its history. After WW II, the French and the Luxembourg had military control of the area. In 1955, Luxembourg withdrew. After the arrival of the 53rd Fighter-Bomber Squadron and the 36th Fighter-Bomber Wing from Fürstenfeldbruck AB near Munich, Bitburg became an official American military installation in September 1952. There was a time where the sum of NATO forces and their family members outnumbered the local populace. In 1985, the French closed down their garrison and handed their detachment to the Americans providing them with very much needed space. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and Base Realignment and Closure Act, Bitburg was one of the many military bases to be closed.
In September 1994, after 42 years, Bitburg Air Base closed its gates … and thus, the ending of an era. The sight of the former air base is still referred to by the locals as "Flugplatz". Bitburg is also the district seat of the Bitburg-Prüm County. It is often regarded as an ‘Eifel town with international flair’. Ever since its 1250 year anniversary in 1965, Bitburg hosts the European Folklore Festival. This festivity, which takes place every second weekend in July, has become one of the most famous Folklore festivals within Germany.
Who is not familiar with the logo ‘Bitte, ein Bit’. Founded in 1817, Bitburger Pils is one of the leading Premium Breweries in Germany. Recognized all over, it is one of the largest privately owned breweries both domestically and internationally. In their seventh generation, tradition with modern management accounts for their global success. ‘Only the best’, this is Bitburger Pils’ philosophy. Hence, only the finest aromatic hops, purest Eifel spring waters, premium barley malts and yeast from their own pure culture sources are used for production according to the German Purity Laws.
Often acting out as a pioneer, Bitburger is innovative in their brewing process. In the past few years, Bitburger has expended €40.000 to make certain that its process production is environmentally responsible. Bitburger has an output of more than 4.1 million hectolitres yearly. No other beer in Germany is drafted and served as much as Bitburger. The Bitburg Premium brand ranks second on the German market. In 2003, the number of establishments that sold Bitburger alone was 48,000 world-wide. Any sports’ fan will recognize the Bitburger logo as they often sponsor minor as well as major sports events. Since 1992, Bitburger has had an official partnership with the German Football association (DFB) and the German National Football Team,
The brewery also sponsors major cultural events such as ‘Rock am Ring’ and musicals such as ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘The Lion King’. On the regional level, the Bitburg Brewery is also very active and supports many local events. Guided tours begin at the historical site of the brewery from Mondays through Thursdays by appointment only. Nearly 40,000 guests are welcomed here annually. The tour begins at the Visitors’ Centre and ends at the brewery manufacturing plant where each of the processing steps are explained. The tour ends with ‘Bitte ein Bit!’ and a sample of a fresh tapped Bitburger. The fee for the tour is €5 per person (16 and under are free) and runs about two hours. Please phone 06561-142497 for further information.
Bollendorf: Schloss Weilerbach
Close to the German-Luxembourg border, Schloss Weilerbach has proven itself to be an artistic gem. After heavy war damage, the small, baroque castle was restored from 1986-1996. The impressive grounds include a large-scale baroque garden with a garden house in which one may get married. Products of Weilerbachs disused ironworks are presented in the museum café, ‘The Remise’. Beautiful hiking trails invite you to explore the area. Within a short distance one can view remains of a Roman villa.
Phone 06561 943401
Distance from Spangdahlem 45 km
Middle of the Meulen Forest is an unassuming microbrewery where a huge copper kettle stands not merely for decorative purposes as beer is still brewed here. A tour of the brewery is possible by appointment only.
CASCADE adventure pool with sauna world
Neither rain nor shine, neither summer nor winter plays a major roll at Cascade Adventure Pool through. The entire year, let your body and soul to be pampered. Allow Cascade to indulge you with the four elements: air, earth, fire and water. Lots of excitement and fun awaits you at the Adventure area with various slides, cascades, whirlpools, a wave and current pool. Come and find out what the Black Hole really is. Be certain you will not disappointed.
Swim to your heart’s content in the 50m pool and improve your diving skills as you jump off the divingboards.
During the summer season, the outdoors await you with various pools and a wading pool for the little ones. We also have a sand box to keep the toddlers happy and beach volleyball for those wanting more than just sun and water. Escape from the ‘daily grind’ and leave the world behind!
Cascade can help you out as health and wellness are at the top of their list! Cascade’s body care and wellness line-up includes six different types of saunas, a Turkish steam-room, foot care, hydro jets, sun-beds and a large palette of massages from qualified therapists to relax and/or regenerate you. Since 2003, Cascade also offers two outdoor saunas. The restaurant Aquarell has a great selection of salads and entrees for those whose appetite have left them wanting more than a mere snack. So come on, feel the elements …
Country Art at Eschbachhof
Scenically located, the Eschbachhof in Baustert near Bitburg offers a fine selection of country art, carefully restored antique furniture, handmade flower arrangements and wreathes, Bauernmalerei (tole painting) and much more. Decorated according to the season, the house has an exhibit area of more than 250 square metres. A Christmas exhibit can be seen throughout the year in the former stables. Eschbachhof opening hours are Tuesday-Friday from 14.00-18.00 and Saturdays from 10.00-14.00. Naturally, the owner, Frau Mathes, will gladly see guests outside the normal opening hours.
Known not only for its famous biker club, the Johanniskreuz (Johannis Cross) is a popular stop for all those traveling through the Westpfalz. The Johanniskreuz is a meeting place and excursion destination in the Palatinate Forest. Here, the district of Trippstadt offers a lodge, chapel, small pubs, a thriving garden, and a forest shop with regional products in the Haus der Nachhaltigkeit (house of sustainability).
Haus der Nachhaltigkeit
Phone (06306) 9 21 01 30